John Durkee

News Director & Morning Edition anchor

John Durkee is the News Director for KWGS. He has over 35-years of experience in radio news and has served as News Director of radio stations in Tulsa, Missouri and Kansas.  He was also a reporter in Oklahoma City, early in his career. He is a Tulsa native and served as the City of Tulsa Communications Director prior to joining the staff at KWGS.

Durkee has won countless awards for his work as a broadcaster, including awards from the Radio and Television News Directors Association, the Associated Press, United Press International, The Society of Professional Journalists and the Oklahoma and Missouri Association of Broadcasters.

He is a past board member of the Oklahoma Associated Press Broadcasters, the Kansas Association of News Broadcasters and the former Tulsa Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists. He resides in Bixby with his wife, Carol.




Local & Regional
7:46 am
Tue May 15, 2012

Tuesday Morning News from KWGS

Here is a recap of this morning's Top Local Stories:

  • Work is underway in the expansion of the Creek Turnpike.
  • It is time to make your selection for Tulsa's new trash service.
  • The search continues in Tulsa for a missing girl from Florida.


Local & Regional
6:55 am
Mon May 14, 2012

Monday: Our Top Local Stories from KWGS

In the local news this morning, we have details on:

  • Funding for OK-POP is in doubt from the legislature.
  • The DHS could lose federal dollars for being too open.
  • New hope for non-violent offenders.
Local & Regional
7:47 am
Fri May 11, 2012

Friday Morning Local News from KWGS

In this morning's Top Local Stories:

  • The jail field trip illness is still a mystery.
  • The open-carry gun law is sent to the Governor.
  • The Creek Nation buys an Okmulgee golf course that once barred Indians.
Local & Regional
7:03 am
Thu May 10, 2012

Thursday Morning's Top News from KWGS

In this morning's news recap:

  • Praise and condemnation for President Obama's new stance on gay marriage.
  • American Airlines rank-and-file are voting on a new contract.
  • Parents rally at the state capitol for more education funding.
Local & Regional
7:05 am
Wed May 9, 2012

Wednesday morning news from 89.5/KWGS

In this morning's news recap:

  • Details on an education funding rally at the state capitol.
  • Redevelopment is on the fast track in the Blue Dome District.
  • A body is found inside a parked car near Sapulpa. Two children were also in the car.
Local & Regional
6:51 am
Tue May 8, 2012

Today's Top Local News from KWGS

In this morning's news recap:

  • The latest on more possible cuts for the Tulsa Public Schools.
  • Work will soon get underway on Tulsa Court House enhancements.
  • Why was the flu season so mild? We have details from an expert.
Local & Regional
6:54 am
Mon May 7, 2012

Monday Morning's Local News from KWGS

Start off your week with a recap of the top local stories from KWGS:

  • Number crunchers worry about Tulsa's employment future.
  • It has been one month since Tulsa's north side shooting spree. The Mayor says the city has changed.
  • The Tulsa Business Community calls for more education funding from the state.


Local & Regional
6:55 am
Fri May 4, 2012

Friday morning's Top Local News from KWGS

In this morning's local news recap, we have details on:

  • A Tulsa visit by a UN official.
  • The City Council's approval of a new Quik-Trip at 11th and Utica.
  • An agreement may be near on the state budget, but tax cuts issues linger.


Local & Regional
7:04 am
Thu May 3, 2012

Oklahoma House OKs Bill to Limit Medication Purchases

The Oklahoma Capitol
KWGS News File Photo

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Oklahoma House of Representatives has approved a bill that would limit how much non-prescription cold and allergy medication containing a key methamphetamine ingredient a consumer could purchase.

House members voted 89-1 Wednesday to approve Senate amendments to House Bill 2941, which now goes to Gov. Mary Fallin for her consideration.

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Local & Regional
6:52 am
Thu May 3, 2012

Thursday Morning's Top News from KWGS

In this morning's update:

  • TU gets a new president.
  • The City of Tulsa gets a new fire chief
  • More Tulsans get a job!